Porterbrook wins hydrogen race as converted ‘319’ makes public debut


Word: Ben Jones

THE UK’s first hydrogen-powered main line train moved under its own power for the first time at the ‘Rail Live’ event in June. 

Porterbrook ‘HydroFLEX’ demonstrator No. 799001, extensively modified from dual-voltage EMU No. 319001, has been fitted with a hydrogen power pack, allowing it to run as normal on electrified routes, or independently using fuel cells to generate electrical current to power traction equipment. 

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‘HydroFLEX’ train No. 799001 during a demonstration at Rail Live. DARREN FORD

No. 799001 has been developed by Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), and will be tested on the main line following the successful low-speed trials. 

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